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RE: Sunbeam snake (Xenopeltis) not eating

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Posted by: joeysgreen at Mon Nov 22 13:59:56 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by joeysgreen ]  
   

I see two potential problems.
1) Unfortunately, you're going to have to find some live hoppers. Contact your local herp clubs or petstores for options. You can also breed some yourself until you get the chance to convert this guy to f/t - you must first get him eating though.

2) Your substrate is probably too dry. Add another 3 inches to it's depth with spagnum moss. You should have a good range of substrate from almost aquatic/sopping wet, to well drained, "higher ground". It will take a while to find a method of setup that accomplishes this without being a gross pool scum. Regular substrate changes until you do, but you may try different false bottoms, substrate types, drainage layers, filters etc. It is more important to get your snake eating first however.

These are very cool snakes, but have never really become popular because of their semi-aquatic, muddy habitats. I hear they are quite common in SE Asian rice paddies, so you might want to try a similar setup to that.

I wish I could offer more first hand experience, but after looking into their natural habitat I wasn't ready to get myself a pair yet.

Good luck!

Ian


   

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